Microsoft Launches Fable Legends for Free Play on Xbox One and PC

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Lionhead says players can complete the game "without spending any money."

Microsoft and Lionhead Studios announced that Fable Legends will use the infamous business model when the game comes out on Xbox One and PC later this year. This is how both companies support free-to-play gaming. The only thing that Xbox One players will need is an Xbox Live Gold account for the multiplayer-only title.

This is not a free portion that is used as a teaser for more extensive paid DLC. According to Lionhead, all of the game's stories and quests will be featured in the game's free version, and players will be able to "play through it beginning-to-end without having to spend any money... you’ll be able to earn everything that affects gameplay."

Similarly to League of Legends, Fable Legends will rotate a limited selection of free heroes in and out of availability. Players should pay for more permanent access to a specific character once it rotates out, but progression will stick with even free heroes for when they rotate back in.
The players who take on the "Villain" side of the game's four-on-one gameplay structure, will get the opportunity to use a selection of free minions on each map, and they can purchase extra "non-native" minions with real money or with currency earned through gameplay.

The latest announcement of Lionhead states that the free-to-play model was created to "ensure the game we’re working to create is available to as many players as possible”. "We want to open the exciting world of Fable to more players, and we see free-to-play as a great way of doing that."
With many free-to-play titles topping revenue charts on PC and mobile platforms, we've been hearing executives talk about the market promise of free-to-play games on consoles for years now. Yet, publishers and platform holders have only given spotty support to the business model on consoles.

The main examples of the form have been console ports of free-to-play MMOs like Warframe, Defiance, and Planetside 2, and some offbeat titles like game-builder Project Spark. Fable Legends represents an unusually high-profile first-party console franchise to make the move away from a more traditional pay-and-play model.

Fable Legends is considered as a major departure for a franchise best known for epic single-player RPGs. The game pivots to a multiplayer-only four-vs-one structure, integrating Smartglass-equipped tablet and mobile devices to let one player to take control of an antagonistic villain.
Fable Legends was first announced in 2013, and now players will get the chance to give the final game a try.

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